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English

English is taught in class groups and work is targeted to pupils based on a child’s ability in the specific area being covered during a teaching week.

Reading

Success as a reader underpins learning in all areas of the school curriculum. Many pupils become successful readers and writers with the support of their family, friends and teachers.

We aim to help pupils become better readers across the curriculum and continue to build on their reading success from the infants through a range of skills based activities.

Accelerated Reader is used across the school for reading. It is a computer program that helps teachers and librarians manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his own level and reads it at his own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) AR gives children, teachers, and librarians feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice. Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them. (Parents guide can be found below)

Writing

The ‘Talk For Writing’ approach underpins our planning which encourages children to be discussing and formulating ideas verbally before committing to paper. Talk for Writing is powerful because it enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version. It develops their speaking and listening skills alongside writing.

The presentation guide below details how work is to be presented. ( both English and Maths)